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The Tillmans

Tax evasion! Illegal insurance-writing! A no-show job! Oh my! These are the federal crimes for which Milton Tillman Jr. and his son, Milton “Moe” Tillman III, were indicted this year. The investigation of the Tillmans, who for the past decade shared a commanding presence in the local bailbonds industry, is decidedly white-collar. Yet Tillman Jr. is widely known as a high-profile player in Baltimore’s drug-based shadow economy—a fact that the late Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Luna used while prosecuting the gang that shot Moe in a drug deal gone bad, by calling Tillman Jr. a “violent drug dealer” in open court. But, like Al Capone, the feds instead are going after the Tillmans for financial crimes, presumably because that’s their best evidence. With top defense attorneys attacking the charges, this year’s Best Indictment might be next year’s Best Trial—or Best Plea Deal.

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